Intense drama unfolds in ‘Gidion’s Knot’

Even though it’s set in a fifth grade classroom, Gidion’s Knot is decidedly not for fifth graders, or even 6th graders.

Original ‘Invasion’ still a good scare

If you’re looking for a scary classic DVD for this month of ghouls and goblins, you might consider the original Invasion of the Body...
young girl enjoying bacon and eggs

Next Sunday’s brunch crawl is “bacon” us crazy

Summer is heating up, with Downtown Chandler’s You’re Bacon Me Crazy Brunch Crawl promising some tasty fun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday,...

‘Island’ signals rebirth of Garcia’s career future

Andy Garcia has been around movies since the mid-‘80s, playing gangsters, cops and other steely tough guys. My wife has always had a strong...

Starpower plus a new spin make ‘Magnificent Seven’ a worthy entry

In Rose Creek, some years after the Civil war, poor farmers hire a gunslinging warrant officer to defend them against the mining kingpin who’s trying to run them off.

Latest ‘Planet of the Apes’ sequel recasts earlier efforts with mostly joyous results

Of the many geeky enthusiasms of my boyhood, that for the Planet of the Apes movies was second in intensity only to Star Trek. So...

Fame-bound? No easy journey

As they grow toward adulthood, aspiring stage performers tend to see the world through red-carpet-colored glasses. Scott Harnisch was no exception Now, as a music...

Brobdingnagian-size truck can squeeze into tight spaces

Next time you’re driving along one of Tempe’s streets and a behemoth utility truck looms alongside, don’t worry that an alien mothership has landed.

Our film guy lists his top 2011 picks

Phoenix Film Critics Society, of which I am a proud founding member, announced its 2011 Award winners shortly before New Year’s Day. Among those...

Chandler Jazz Festival showcases local, national talent April 6-7

Jazz up your routine with some sweet sounds from horns, keys and more at the 19th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, in downtown Chandler.